I've recently been turned onto the importance of keeping a journal to support self-reflection and track progress in an individual's personal thoughts and goals. I purchased a moleskine journal and I plan to write creative pieces, thoughts/dreams, quotes and goals pertaining to my own life as they come to me and I progress with them.

ITT: Share your favorite journal entry (or excerpt) from your own collection, and describe its importance to you. 


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I need only share the datelines for my journal to show you why it's so special. Samples below:

March 5, 2012 -- Nice, France

March 7, 2012 -- Monte Carlo, Monaco

March 22, 2012 -- Barcelona, Spain

April 1, 2012 -- Florence, Italy

April 7, 2012 -- Boston, Mass

April 14, 2012 -- New York, NY

June 18, 2012 -- Houston, TX

June 20, 2012 -- Orlando, FL

June 29, 2012 -- Los Angeles, CA

September 4, 2012 -- Miramar, FL


January 4, 2011 (from Munich, Germany)


I am officially forty years old.  Birthdays are quite interesting in our human existences.  When we are children, birthdays are about gifts and parties.  In our teen and early adult years, they become about milestones of gaining or proving added levels of independence.  For a man over thirty, the parties are form, the gifts exciting, but for the first time we begin reflecting on our life's purpose.  At forty we start to ponder and prioritize the elements of our lives.

I have given a combined total of twelve years to hosting exchange students.  One year ago I would have said that four of our exchange experiences were failures.  I really have come to understand my journey as one that will not fail.  After meeting so many people from around the world, not for purpose of telling them how to live as most conservative Christians do, but for the purpose of simply sharing life experiences, I am seeing that the whole purpose of our lives is to love whole-heartedly, give abundantly, and serve unselfishly.  These all were the defining teachings and models of the life of Christ.

I am now realizing how import it is to live my life this way.  Norbert and Rike explained why wwe should not fear.  My church dogma taught me that with God as my Source, I ave no reason to fear, yet they constantly instilled fear in order to control.  i now see how much Carla and I were initially held back from lving until it was trained into us that we would finally hold ourselves back because of fear.  This vacation has challenged both of us in so many areas, from the fears of flying and heights to living on the bare necessities.


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